International Collegiate Code Wars: Artificial Intelligence Showdown Saturday

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This Saturday, January 28, hundreds of students from the top schools in North America will be writing artificial intelligence programs meant to conquer. The Windward International collegiate programming championship is a co-ed game fought with intellectual and not physical ability. The final is at 6:30 PM Pacific time.

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Bragging rights from earlier Windward collegiate programming championship

"This is a fun competition between top schools where the contest is over programming instead of sports," said Dave Thielen, founder and CTO. "You get all the excitement of March Madness without the sweat."

Top computer science students at a dozen prestigious universities across North America are just two days away from battling it out in the Windward International Collegiate Programming Championships.

On January 28, 2012, hundreds of student teams from Boston University, Carnegie Mellon University, Cornell University, Harvey Mudd College, Georgia Tech, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Purdue University, Stanford, University of Illinois, University of Massachusetts, University of Toronto and University of Wisconsin will vie for the title of Code Wars Champion.

Sponsored by enterprise reporting software giant Windward, the Code Wars competition is a fight to the death – literally. Each team writes an Artificial Intelligence player for a combat game. Students race against the clock and one another to analyze the A.I. problem, write a solution, and test and debug it. After the 8-hour programming deadline teams go head to head, with each team’s software trying to kill the other teams in the game.

"This is a fun competition between top schools where the contest is over programming instead of sports," said Dave Thielen, founder and CTO. "You get all the excitement of March Madness without the sweat."

Fueled by the programmer's four basic food groups of donuts, soda pop, pizza and cookies, teams of two to five young men and women will participate in university-level competitions from 10am to 6pm local time. The top two teams from each school then will compete in the championship at 6:30pm Pacific time, with the winner taking home the Windward Code Wars trophy.

The school playoffs and final will be webcast. Watch the action and find out more details about the competition at the Windward International Collegiate Programming Championship.

About Windward
Windward offers business intelligence, enterprise reporting, document generation and Web-based business intelligence solutions. Launched in 2002, Windward is the only full-featured, robust Java and .NET engine to use Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint as a layout tool, putting template design and report and document generation power in the hands of the end user. Any Office user can easily and securely create reports and documents with almost no learning curve. Additionally, OEMs and VARs use Windward’s reporting component.

Windward works by merging any XML, SQL or custom data source—or any combination thereof—with a Microsoft Office report template. It feeds data into the template to create a what-you-see-is-what-you-get report or document that can be generated in DOCX, XLSX, PPTX, PDF, HTML, direct to printer, RTF, XLS, WordML, TXT, and CSV. Windward runs as a standalone application or in an enterprise computing environment. Also unique, Windward implements in hours, offers affordable server-based pricing, and offers “prompt, fantastic” technical support via a 24/7 support forum and support contracts. A free trial of Windward's products is available at

The Windward user group spans 70 countries. User applications include financial statements, inventory reports, product-usage reports, purchase orders, invoices, training certificates, timesheets, and licenses. Other applications include reporting to meet requirements of Sarbanes-Oxley, Patriot Act, ARRA, HIPAA, Health Level Seven, Gramm-Leach-Blailey, Basel II, and other U.S. and international acts and accords affecting financial services, real estate, government, and insurance industries and the consultants and integrators serving them.

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